Chiselling Gives Toussaud Fourth Graded Stakes Winner

Chiselling, whose career got off to a slow start when he lost his first three races, overcame a tardy break to win the Lexington Stakes (gr. IIIT) by a nose for owner-breeder Juddmonte Farms and Hall of Famers Jerry Bailey and Bobby Frankel.

Chiselling a son of Woodman, is the fourth graded stakes winner from the first five foals of Toussaud, a daughter of El Gran Senor who herself was a group III winner in England and winner of the Gamely Handicap (gr. IT) and three other stakes in the United States. She previously produced Chester House (grade I winner by Mr. Prospector), Honest Lady (grade I winner by Seattle Slew), and Decarchy (grade II winner by Distant View).

Reluctant to load into the gate and breaking from the outside post in the field of eight 3-year-olds, Chiselling trailed the field for the first half-mile of the 1 1/4-mile race contested on firm turf. Emergency Status set leisurely fractions (:24.41, :49.46, and 1:12.23 before being overtaken on the turn for home. Finality and Union Place made the first run along with Your Jules, but Bailey had Chiselling in high gear, going five wide into the stretch and surging between rivals to win by a nose. Final time was 2:00.42 after a mile split of 1:36.76. Chiselling paid $4.50 as the favorite.

(Chart, Equibase)